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Hurricanes National Signing Day blog

Good morning Canes fans. Today is National Signing Day. Or, as UM recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt once told me, Report Card day for him and the University of Miami coaching staff. It's the day all the hard work they've put in chasing after high school seniors becomes official or unofficial.

As many of you know, the Hurricanes had a collection of 20 commitments before the final 48 hours before NSD began Monday morning. After last night, they still do. Several recruits out-of-state recruits who visited UM the past two weekends have already decided they are passing on the Canes. 

Last night, Jacksonville Parker linebacker Sam Barrington became the latest when he stunned friends and family by choosing the USF Bulls over the Canes and Illinois. Others did the same before Barrington. Cleveland offensive lineman Marcus Hall chose Ohio State. And more could end up doing the same. We just don't know yet.

Lamar Miller signed with the Canes Wednesday. Throughout the day, The Miami Herald will have reporters and correspondents following recruiting. I'll be on the road at Miami Killian for Lamar Miller's announcement at 10 a.m., Miami Pace for cornerback Kayvon Webster at noon and coach Randy Shannon's press conference at UM at 2 p.m. But reporters will be checking in with me to provide updates on other potential Canes and we will post stories online as soon as we get them. I will try to update the blog as much as I can while I'm on the road.

Here is a schedule of key recruits for you to follow with a few notes...

> OL Peter White, St. John's College Prep, Washington, D.C.: White is expected to announce his decision at around 8:45 a.m. There were rumblings late Tuesday night he had already told coaches at Maryland he was headed there. White visited UM last weekend and was also considering Tennessee. We'll have reporter there to send a story. UPDATED at 9:01 a.m.: White has chosen Maryland. Check for a story shortly.

> OL Andrew Tiller, Nassau Community College: The big 6-6, 330 pound tackle prospect is supposed to make a decision from his home around 9 a.m. I've got his phone number and will try to find out what happens shortly after he decides. UPDATED 12:01 p.m.: Rivals.com reports Tiller has chosen Syracuse.

> DL Luther Robinson, Fort Pierce Westwood: His coach Waides Ashmon told me to expect an announcement at 9:30 a.m. Robinson made a few visits to Florida and UCF, but is said to be expected to sign with the Canes. We'll find out soon enough. I'll call Ashmon for an update and interview if possible afterward. UPDATED at 9:58 a.m.: Robinson sticks with the Canes. I'll have an interview later today. 

> CB Kayvon Webster, Monsignor Pace: I'll be at Pace at noon when Webster makes his announcement. There have been reporters Webster is still not 100 percent convinced on UM and is still considering USF. I'm not buying. I think Webster picks UM in the end. UPDATED at 12:31 p.m.: Webster spurns the Canes and shock the world by picking USF. He told me he made his decision about an hour before coming in. He said early playing time was the biggest factor. I believe the fact two of his Pace teammates are a bigger reason -- WR Sterling Griffin and WR Derrick Hopkins. 

> TE/DT Sheldon Richardson, St. Louis Gateway High: Reporter Nate Latsch, a freelancer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, will be there to provide us with a story from what could be Miami's biggest steal of this class. Richardson, a Missouri commitment, visited UM this past weekend. He's expected to make his decision at around 12:30 p.m. our time. UPDATED at 12:37 p.m.: Richardson has decided to stay home and stick with Missouri. 

> OL Quinton Washington, St. Stephen's Timberland, S.C.: All signs have pointed to the fact Washington, a UM visitor this past weekend, is not headed here. It's either going to be Michigan or South Carolina. But you never know if this becomes a stunner when the official announcement is made at 3 p.m.

I said earlier, continue to check back throughout the day for updates, notes, photos and quotes from players, coaches, recruits and recruiting analysts.

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How come we didn't know Sanders took another visit? How did we miss that (or was it just me?)

Caneiac, can't agree more. how the hell am I supposed to get anything done today.

Caneiac: I used this blog,

http://rivals100.rivals.com/wire.asp?WireTeam=903

and

http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=9&c=8&toinid=673&sspid=-1&yr=2009

to come to that opinion

billy sanders commits to UM

I'm hearing a LOT of Billy Sanders to the U, but can't find it anywhere. What's up?

I think Sanders is the biggest signee (SP?) so far, we really needed a TE

We got Sanders

Billy Sanders just committed back to the CANES!!!

Da "U" need lineman

Confirmed on Rivals.com

Gotcha, that makes sense about UCLA/SUC Lokie.

per scout

By James Bryant
Publisher of Inside Mizzou.com
Date: Feb 4, 2009

In Breaking news: InsideMizzou.com brought you a play by play of the Chris Freeman announcement. We are proud to announce that the big 6-foot-9, 350-pound offensive lineman from Trotwood Madison High School in Dayton Ohio is going to be a Mizzou Tiger. Stay tuned for more live updates throughout the day. Including Sheldon Richardson's announcement coverage beginning at 10:45 a.m.

Tiller, what time??

What time does Webster make his official announcement

As of now (lemme know if something was missed):

Early:
1. Jermaine Johnson
2. Brandon McGee
3. Curtis Porter
4. Mike James
5. Olivier Vernon
6. Brandon Washington

+

Today:
7. Stephen Plein
8. Prince Kent
9. Jamal Reid
10. Malcolm Bunche
11. Dyron Dye
12. Ray Ray Armstrong
13. Billy Sanders
14. A.J. Highsmith
15. Luther Robinson
16. Cory White
17. Shayon Green
18. Jared Wheeler
19. Lamar Miller
20. Billy Sanders

+

Waiting on:
Tiller
Richardson
Brown
Webster
Whoever else they have up their sleeve?

Tiller is supposed to be around 2PM. Rivals is saying Bobby Massie is still up in the air and everyone has a chance.

19: noon

Manny, what's the word on the Hargrave OL (Massie and Campbell)? How about longshots Tana Patrick and Billy Sanders?

whats the deal with Tevin McCaskill?

Thanks Green, You da man

Caniac,

you posted Billy Sanders twice.

Everythign else looks correct

EXCLUSIVE: Sanders switches back to Canes!!!


Billy Sanders back with the CANES

Coeur d'Alene (ID) Lake City High School TE Billy Sanders has Signed with UM.

Sanders back to the U http://miami.rivals.com/

I'm about to leave Killian High for Pace. Miami has received 19 signatures -- including tight end Billy Sanders. Surprise, surprise. Sanders figured out the depth chart was much better at UM than at UCLA at tight end.

Lamar Miller told us UM coaches are planning on using him on kickoffs and punt returns and he'll be given a chance to compete for playing time. Great kid, great attitude. I'll have more for you later. Got to run.

TE Billy Sanders going back to CANES!

If Nukesse Richardson decommited from uf, where did he go

Has Billy signed? I don't see it.

TE Billy Sanders committed to Miami early in the recruiting process, then backed out and decommitted to UCLA. But he took a visit to UM the weekend before signing day, and it convinced him to be a Hurricane. He is confirmed as a Miami signee. Read on for this breaking news.

Ok -

As of now (lemme know if something was missed):

Early:
1. Jermaine Johnson
2. Brandon McGee
3. Curtis Porter
4. Mike James
5. Olivier Vernon
6. Brandon Washington

+

Today:
7. Stephen Plein
8. Prince Kent
9. Jamal Reid
10. Malcolm Bunche
11. Dyron Dye
12. Ray Ray Armstrong
13. A.J. Highsmith
14. Luther Robinson
15. Cory White
16. Shayon Green
17. Jared Wheeler
18. Lamar Miller
19. Billy Sanders

+

Waiting on:
Tiller
Richardson
Brown
Webster
Whoever else they have up their sleeve?

Keep it comming Manny

TE Billy Sanders committed to Miami early in the recruiting process, then backed out and decommitted to UCLA. But he took a visit to UM the weekend before signing day, and it convinced him to be a Hurricane. He is confirmed as a Miami signee. http://miami.rivals.com/

Campbell probably going to USC, but you never know.

FYI, Andre Fernandez, who was at Miami Northwestern, told me Tevin McCaskill is going to the JUCO route. Grades apparently messed up bad.

If Nukesse Richardson decommited from uf, where did he go

Posted by: ibis19 | February 04, 2009 at 10:57 AM

tennessee

Manny, I glad we got Billy sanders. We could definately use him!! Go Canes!!

Sorry, I just notice it's and "old" story.

Sanders addresses the TE need. Now close on Richardson (although his high school teammate a 350 pound OT signed with Missouri this morning) and Webster.

I would love an early Christmas present of Tiller or another surprise at OL. Maybe the addition of one more quality OL will sway Bryce to sign his LOI and join his brother at The U.

The U will have then addressed their needs and are a top 5 recruiting class.

according to the info A. Tiller is suppose to announce at 9am..Anybody know whats up?

Thanks for the Tevin McCaskill update Manny...had been wondering about him for a while, but to no avail.
Sucks about the grades...he seemed like one of those underrated (aka didnt receive as many stars from the recruiting sites) local high motor kids UM loves.
Wishing him well...

"It may be in the afternoon, around 2 or 3," Tiller said. "I don't know."

Tiller announcing later,per Rivals.

Tight End Billy Sanders has signed with the Canes

Billy Sanders switched back to the U! Great news for us.

If Bryce Brown decides to go elsewhere, we'll just have to scrape by with the number one rated RB/player in South Florida and one of the other top RB's in Florida this year, and Jakari Gore and Eduardo Clements next year. I won't be losing any sleep over that. Remember, there will always be some other Bryce Brown quality recruit we just can't live without next year too.

Tiller stays in NY, picks the Orangemen

i'm telling you that lamar Miller is a hell of a running back! His video highlights are unbelievable! Go Canes!!

Tiller signs with Syracuse over UM, according to the wire: http://rivals100.rivals.com/wire.asp?WireTeam=903

Dang!

Oh well. Not going to cry over a 3-star recruit.

If Nukesse Richardson decommited from uf, where did he go

Posted by: ibis19 | February 04, 2009 at 10:57 AM

tennessee

Posted by: green | February 04, 2009 at 11:01 AM

LMAO, Where is the Gayturd Troll now?

The Sanders commit was great news. Good to see you back green.

Tiller signed with syracuse

Remember when we all thought we'd collapse without Deonte Thompson? Don't even remember him anymore.

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